What its like to live in Coeur d'Alene

Coeur d'Alene is the perfect mesh of small-town vibe and big-city atmosphere. There's lots to do to keep you entertained whatever the season. We've got the great outdoors and the second largest lake west of the Rockies! Within 20 minutes or less you can be in the national forest enjoying hiking, biking, fishing, hunting, canoeing, kayaking, bird-watching, skiing, snowshoeing or snowmobiling. Some folks do it right out their front door!

We've got clean air, little pollution and no humidity. The summers here are magnificent. If you're a winter sports enthusiast you can choose from three ski areas close enough to get in a run before or after work. We've got a downtown chock-full of unique restaurants, shops, and shop owners who know their customers by name.

Our stable economy, low crime rate, and relatively low cost of living in the U.S. attract many looking for a new place to call home, or relocate their business to a location that offers them and their employees an amazing lifestyle in the heart of paradise. Coeur d'Alene attracts visitors from around the world. Once here, many opt to make Coeur d’Alene their permanent home or invest in a vacation home.

If it's serenity you crave, you can live just outside of town on some rural acreage or waterfront, but still be close enough to have a short commute into town to work, shop or take in one of our many festivals or community events. Build your dream home, live in a country cabin or palatial estate on the lake with views, views, and more views. Choose from quaint turn-of-the century bungalows close to downtown, or pick a quality-built, newly constructed family home in one of our great subdivisions complete with parks, bike-paths, walking trails and friendly neighbors. We have golf course homes, penthouse condos with big-city amenities and quality RV Parks ready for "snowbirds".

Whether you are ready to retire, start a family, start a business, or just ready for a change of pace, Coeur d'Alene has a place for you to call home.

The Coeur d'Alene Chamber of Commerce has many REALTOR® members that are ready to assist you. Find one of our realtor members in our business directory/relocation guide.

To search for properties, general information on buying or selling a home, visit the Coeur d’Alene Association of Realtors at cdarealtors.com.

Frequently Asked Questions:

  • Coeur d'Alene Population: 45,597 (2012)
  • Coeur d'Alene Elevation: 2,152 feet
  • County: Kootenai County (pronounced koot-nee)
  • Idaho State Capitol: Boise (pronounced boy-see)
  • Coeur d'Alene City founded: 1887
  • Time Zone: Pacific
  • Nearest Airport:  Spokane International (GEG)
  • Sales Tax: 6.0%

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Drive Time -
By car, mileage and time from CDA

  • Boise, Idaho                             389        7h 0 min
  • Calgary, Alberta                      411        7h 30 min
  • Canadian Border                    110        2h 0 min
  • Glacier National Park             230        4h 0 min
  • Missoula, Montana                 167        2h 40 min
  • Moscow, Idaho                         87         1h 30 min
  • Nelson, B.C.                             161        3h 20 min
  • Portland, Oregon                     377        6h 0 min
  • Sandpoint, Idaho                     46          1h 0 min
  • Seattle, Washington                311        5h 0 min
  • Spokane, Washington            32          35 min
  • Salt Lake City, Utah                 687       9h 40 min
  • Sun Valley, Idaho                     481       8h 30 min
  • Walla Walla Wine Country      213      3h 0 min
  • Yellowstone National Park     632       6h 30 min

Weather Averages

Annual Rainfall 25.2 inches
Annual Snowfall 46.2 inches
Days of Sun 142
Frost-free days 120
Summer Temperature 82.1
Winter Temperature 31.5
Annual Humidity 47%